World Vision's response to El Niño in Asia-Pacific

The latest round of El Niño - the warming of ocean surface waters that triggers extreme weather worldwide- has been rated one of the severest ever. The World Meteorological Organization noted 2015 was the warmest year on record.

Assessments in World Vision operations across 18 Asia- Pacific countries since late 2015 have revealed, to varying degrees, food insecurity due to crop failures and livestock deaths/ malnourishment, coupled with dwindling sources of safe drinking water and worsening sanitation. Most the hardest-hit communities already had elevated rates of malnutrition and widespread poverty, making it difficult for residents to withstand the impacts of this slow-onset disaster.